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Vukovar

Vukovar (Croatia)

Practical information on Vukovar

  • Encounters with locals
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
34 miles from Osijek by car
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Vukovar

Emmanuelle Bluman Seasoned Traveller
157 written opinions

Vukovar, or the "Hero City", was the city that suffered most during the war with Serbia. Completely destroyed at the time, it continues to recover a little more with each passing year, though the marks left by the shells can still be seen on its walls.

My suggestion:
Visiting Vukovar is both an act of commemoration and a way of offering support to the Croatian people.
My review

It is always an unsettling experience visiting a city recently damaged and virtually destroyed by bombing (1991). When I was in Croatia, and by the time of my visit to Vukovar, the city had already largely recovered from these terrible events. There were some buildings that were still closed and showed visible signs of the shelling that occurred, but most had been renovated. The city has taken the conscious decision, however, to retain some of the marks left by the shelling as a permanent reminder of what took place.

All the buildings and monuments to visit and see in Vukovar, such as the museum and the cemetery (where I was warned not to stray from the path due to the fact that there are still landmines in the surrounding countryside), are associated with the war in some way. However, it was the hospital that had the greatest effect on me: this is where part of the population was massacred by the Serbs when they captured the city. Visiting it was a very sad and moving experience.

Once you have come as far as this, you might as well also stay a bit longer so you can spend some time exploring the area around Vukovar, particularly the towns of Ilok and Đakovo.  

Shrapnel damaged wall, Vukovar
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